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21 January 2013 | 09:52 AM
By JENNA SLOAN
GORGEOUS Mellisa Clarke says she’s pleased to bring an edgy new look to Page 3.
The 21-year-old made her debut in The Sun last Friday after readers picked her as their favourite of the Page 3 Idol final three.
And delighted Mellisa said: “Being a Page 3 girl is an incredible opportunity that will change my life. I’m so thankful to everyone who voted for me.”
Porcelain-complexioned Mellisa added: “I want to prove that you don’t have to have lots of fake tan, blonde hair and a boob job to feel sexy. I don’t think all men want that look either.
“I dye my hair black as it makes my eyes stand out, and I have pale skin. My 32C boobs aren’t enormous either, but I like them and I think natural is beautiful.
“I’d never consider having surgery to make them bigger. The risks are just too great and it looks fake.”
Mellisa was just one of thousands of wannabes who entered our contest for one to join our legendary roster of beauties.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call telling me I’d won. I was so shocked I started shaking.
“My mum was thrilled, she burst into tears when I told her and even my dad, who lives in Australia, and my nan were voting for me.”
And Mellisa — whose 32C, size eight figure wowed Sun readers — is proud to represent girls with an alternative look.
She said: “When Lucy Collett won last year she broke the mould with her red hair and her incredible curves. I wanted to break the mould too.
“Since I entered Page 3 Idol I’ve had some really nice messages on Twitter from teenage girls, saying I’ve made them feel better about themselves and they’ve realised it’s OK not to all look the same.”
Mellisa, from Gravesend, Kent, speaks from personal experience after being bullied during her schooldays.
She recalled: “I was a real tomboy at school. I enjoyed athletics and I didn’t wear any make-up.
“I’d get insulted and called names like a grunger by some of the other girls at school. I was bullied because I was different, and it definitely affected my self-esteem.
"If people say enough nasty things to you then you start to believe them. I left when I was 16 and went to do an art course at college, and then a make-up course.
“I grew up and made new friends who were sincere and nice.
“I found that just as when people say horrible, hurtful things it makes you feel down, when you’re with people who give you a boost and are nice, then it makes you feel good about yourself.
“It took me a while to find my own look, though. When I first discovered eyeliner I went mad with it and I had panda eyes for ages.”
Unsure what career path to follow, Mellisa worked in frozen food store Iceland to save up some cash.
“The uniform wasn’t the most flattering but it meant I could save up a bit of money,” she laughed.
“I’d wanted to be a model since I left school but I just didn’t have the confidence. When I was 18 a friend encouraged me to send in pictures to a magazine and they liked them, so it went from there.”
Maintaining her sexy, slim figure is not difficult for our latest Page 3 Idol winner.
She admitted: “I walk everywhere but I never go the gym. I love my food too, especially pizza, McDonald’s and Chinese takeaways so I can’t claim I eat healthily either.”
Mellisa’s tattoos also mark her out — she has five designs, including a pin-up girl inked on her left thigh.
She said: “That was my first tattoo when I was 18, I’ve always loved the pin-up girl look and it’s really cool that I’m a pin-up girl now too.
“I like the classic 1950s look a lot. I really admire Katy Perry as she’s beautiful and not afraid to experiment with different styles.”
Mellisa is currently single, although she’s not been short of offers.
“Since entering Page 3 Idol I’ve had a lot of messages on Twitter asking me out,” she smiled. “But I’m not in a hurry to meet someone. I’m enjoying myself and I want to make the most of every new opportunity.”
Mellisa still lives at home with her single mum Maria, 48, a supermarket worker. Her dad, Jim, a plumber, emigrated to Melbourne in Australia when she was 16.
She said: “I had the choice to go with him but I was in the middle of my GCSEs and I didn’t want to uproot my life. Instead, I go to visit when I can. I love Australia. The weather is brilliant.”
Mellisa has also travelled the world working as a DJ. She said: “I played local clubs at first. Then I got picked up by a DJ agent and I’ve played gigs in Berlin and on a boat party in Paris.
“It’s lots of fun and I get to play the music I love, which is cool too.”
Now Mellisa can’t wait to start work as a Page 3 Girl and enjoy her prizes of an exotic photoshoot abroad, £5,000 prize money and a modelling contract with The Sun.
She said: “I love travelling and I’m looking forward to doing shoots abroad. But I’m also really looking forward to helping out with charity work too.
“I really admire Peta Todd for her work with Help for Heroes, and also that she’s a great ambassador for Page 3.
“I’d love to do anything I can to raise money for our injured troops, as they’ve given everything for our country, so it’s the least I can do to give something back.
“I’d also really like to help charities that campaign against all forms of bullying and raise girls’ body confidence and self-esteem.”
As you can see from our shoot, Mellisa is going to fit in perfectly alongside our other legendary girls.
She said: “I’m just so excited to have this amazing chance to live my dreams.”
Pics by Alison Webster.
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